Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST


"Well, hello, Philadelphia!" Give Belinda Carlisle two points for knowing where she is. But then, ingratiating cheeriness is a big part of Carlisle's act, as is clear between songs when she delivers her vacuous Val Girl—Preppy patter. There are other things to get on her case about—her thin, quavery voice, for instance. There's much to praise her for, too. Her wholesome, widefaced looks, for one thing. And, as this 60-minute 1988 show at the Tower Theater near Philadelphia proves, Carlisle is curator for a lot of old Go-Gos tunes ("Our Lips Are Sealed"), solo songs ("Mad About You") and covers (Cream's "I Feel Free"). It all shows that—in case you hadn't noticed—energy, a strong backing band, a radiant smile and the ability to toss your hair fetchingly can take you a long way in pop music. (Virgin Vision, $19.98)

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